Category : Bankruptcy

Thinking bankruptcy is my only out at this point

budgetingTotal honesty here.

I stopped paying on my credit card last July. I was borrowing from Peter to pay Paul, had maxed everything out and was up against the wall. I sent them all letters telling them that I was not able to pay them at this time (DR letter from the book). I took DR’s class (just finished) and although I learned a lot on how to go forward, I not sure how to repair the past. I am getting a small income tax check back and called the credit cards last night and offer them 20 cents on the dollar. Several got real ugly, some just flat said no way, others said they would take nothing less than 55 cents on the dollar (Citibank). I am also one month behind on the mortgage. I was two but have made the extra one up. I bring in 2000.00 per month plus 600.00 child support.

Here’s where I’m at. The ‘was’ is what I owed when I stopped paying, the ‘is’ it what I owe now with late fees, over the limit fees etc.

I know I spent the money, I know I owe them. I’m trying to figure out how to make a bad situation better. This is my budget each month.

  • Mortgage 786.00 renting is not cheaper, I have checked several times
  • electic 100.00
  • Gas-car 150.00 I drive -65 miles. Car pooling-I drive every other week
  • Walmart 200.00 grocery, soap, clothing etc
  • House ins 60.00
  • Life ins 36.00
  • Car ins 25.00 liability only
  • Health ins 287.00 family coverage, high deductable, no maternity
  • Phone 30.00
  • Tythe 235.00
  • Dance 34.00 for my daughter
  • Water 50.00
  • Daycare 600.00

Please help if you can. I’m about ready to take my tax check and file bankruptcy and go forward from here.

Foreclosures questions

I have recently gone thru a bankruptcy, and now about to get a foreclosure on my house it was a new house i tried to rent it or sell it but did not have any luck. i was wondering what happens with the taxes?? They usually send me a bill to the house and then i send it off to the bank to get paid, but what happens now with a foreclosure, the same thing, or am i going to get stuck with a 3,000 tax bill that i cannot pay that the bank says that i owe, the house is in the state of Texas and i lived there over a yr. so it was a homestead too.

I don’t remember what month the tax bills came in, and what office would you contact to get it early,to send in to the bank?? I would call the bank but i would expect that some bozo would just lie to me what are the laws?? i have never had a house before this one, and never a foreclosure either. they should start around the end of this month or two weeks after that i just got a letter from them registered mail. Help??

You should call the Appraisal District for the county you lived in. They can fax you a copy of the bill, then you can fax it to the bank. I worked for an appraisal district years ago and if I remember correctly property taxes are the same as federal taxes, they don’t go away even with a bankruptcy. But the laws may have changed. They should be able to tell you at the tax office.

When a foreclosure occurs; the one foreclosing (the bank in your case) will be responsible for any back taxes and current taxes on the property if they want clear title as back taxes can affect title of the property.

Re: Should I file bankruptcy?

Your monthly payments below almost equal your net income; you have to make some drastic decisions on your expenses and increase your income if you don’t want to file bankruptcy. No choice there. $500 a month just isn’t enough money to cover groceries, gas, repairs, clothes and other unexpected expenses especially if you have a family.

I am not saying you can’t do it, you can; but it will take time and hard work, being dedicated to trimming excess, willing to work another job, etc.

Now, as far as bankruptcy is concerned, Chapter 7 is liquidation and there is no Chapter 14. Chapter 13 is reorganization. You don’t make the “choice” of filing which Chapter anymore; that was changed last fall and the median income of your State is in large part the determiner for which chapter you can file. If your income is below the median income for your state, you can choose to file 7 or 13; however, if it is above, then you will likely be forced into 13. Also, you have to take a finance/credit counseling class within 6 months prior to filing. Keep in mind, student loans are not dischargeable in bankruptcy, no matter which chapter you file.

You can learn more about median income for your state here:

Expense standards for 48 contiguous states:

The first thing you have to deal with, believe it or not, is the depression … depression can make you physically ill and prevent you from working so this is the big thing for you right now. The most important thing in your life is your health and your family … are you married, can you discuss this with a spouse or significant other?

Being honest and upfront with your spouse, and they with you, is extremely important to resolving these issues and supporting each other will go a long way in resolving the depression.

Also this is what dave Ramsey says:

Remember, they (Creditors) can’t hurt you … they cannot physically hurt you … only you can do that to yourself if you let it happen … absolutely refuse to be depressed … there are solutions, from tightening your belt … ok breathing may be a tad hard for a while 😉 but you will breathe … to filing bankruptcy … to just not paying anything but the necessities (meaning no cc’s, no unsecured loans … just keeping a house over your head and related expenses).

Hope this helps some and do post back if you need more questions answered.

Should I file bankruptcy?

I’ve pretty much come to the conclusion that there is NO way I’m ever going to get myself out of this hole that I’ve dug for myself. Well, some of it is just a matter of a bad choice to move to a state where the housing appreciation has gone down the toilet – but I guess it doesn’t matter HOW we got here. PLEASE, I am looking for some advice here. I am growing increasingly more and more depressed over this situation.

I try to make this simple but just laying out the numbers:

  • TOTAL DEBT: $258,000
  • MONTHLY NET INCOME: (after taxes): $3700


  • $46,000 in student loans that have been in deferrment for 6 years and keep building interest.
  • $196,000 on my home that is now only worth about $175,000 (Mortgage 1 = 185,000 and Mortgage 2 = 11,000)
  • $10,000 unsecured loan
  • $3,000 overdraft loan
  • $1,200 credit card
  • $300 credit card
  • 1,400 medical bills


  • 1450 – Mortgage 1
  • 75 – Mortgage 2
  • 199 – HOA
  • 28 – Water
  • 96 – Electric
  • 92 – Cable
  • 93 – Car Ins
  • 60 – Cell
  • 305 – Unsecured Loan
  • 800 – Daycare
  • 25 – overdraft loan (high interest)
  • 25 – credit card (high interest)
  • 10 – credit card (high interest)
  • 10 – medical bills
  • 0 – Student Loans that continue to accrue interest

Can someone give me advice – I guess state the obvious here? And I don’t want the file Chapter 7 – I want to get rid of it so I can start SAVING money – I want to file Chapter 14. If I don’t get RID of the debt and start saving money, what happens when my car starts breaking down? Or I need a root canal? Or my son is in an accident that requires hospitalization?

Side note: I’m a single mom and I adopted my son – therefore, I don’t get child support.